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How To Intelligently Provide Financially For Your Pastor & Support Staff

How To Intelligently Provide For Your Clergy And Support Staff In Today’s Challenging Culture


A wig once said “ Lord, since we know you desire your ministers to be humble servants, we will care for their physical needs with this in mind.”

In reality, it is a good thing that no thinking Christian lay person figures that way. Ask yourself these questions however:

         1. Would you be willing to work the hours they work for the pay they receive?
         2. Could you support and educate your family on the salary you pay them?
         3. Are their salaries keeping par with today’s high cost of living?
         4. Considering their education and what similarly educated people earn in 
              similar secular work, are they being fairly compensated?
         5. Could you provide the standard of living you expect of them on the salary and benefits you currently offer?
         6. If you had to give an account of your stewardship before God, would you feel that you have treated them fairly and honestly with your expectations for the compensation you give?

Living expenses have risen nearly 20% in the last five years according to the Consumer Price Index. The Department of Labor also reports that most professionals have had between 12 to 21% salary increases in the same period. How are you doing for your minister and staff?

A church that desires to intelligently provide for their clergy and staff with a fair compensation package should consider salary and benefits for the following areas.

You also may want to investigate information concerning reimbursement policies for clergy, and staff expenses.
Such a policy treats the pastor and staff’s expenses as non-taxable income. This can provide your clergy and staff with a reduced tax burden.

1. Operating/Business: Costs that should be paid expenses that would assist your clergy and staff in making what you pay them go further.

     a. Transportation expense
         Travel to seminars, church conventions, and etc, as well as taking individuals of the church to meetings and such. Auto expenses could run from $1,000 to $5,000 or more than the average 
         member in your church. The IRS allows forty-four and one-half cents per mile for (2006). Certainly you should not expect to offer them less.
     b. Office expenses
         Library books, tech equipment and other items for study and work with your church.

     c. Hospitality and entertainment expenses
         Luncheons and entertainment with church officials, missionaries, and others, in the home or taking them out to eat, etc.

     d. Continuing education expenses
         Seminars, conventions, formal continuing courses of study that can help them stay current for the work of your church, as well as other formal education that they feel will help them as      they minister with you.
 
2. A realistic take-home salary
     a. Note experience
     b. Educational

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Church Employees/Volunteers Suggested Protective Safeguards For Sexual Misconduct, Child Abuse, Sexual Harassment, And Others

Suggestions For Developing Written Safeguards And Procedures For Your Ministry Employees And Volunteers

Assisting ministries with developing, perserving and restoring trust, with excellence.

Effective considerations for sexual misconduct, child abuse, sexual harassment embezzelment issues that can reduce issues of neglect and offer prudent protection from litigation and accusations.*  A "bomb" aspect in your ministry must have its fuse "lit" for an "explosion" to happen, thus it takes the bomb and someone to light it for the explosion.  Working to keep these aspects apart or having effective risk management may save your ministry the resulting harm that could result from missing or ineffective risk management.

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Request For Maintenance Reporting Form (051203.pdf vrfmv4 by pfs)
The issue of negelect is most often the bases of religious litigation in our culture today.  Keeping a record of necessary maintenance and its completion with a signed report is very critical.  A scanned copy properly saved in your system for easy retreaval should an issue develope will help.  A sample form  is included for your review.  Please remember to review with your legal advisor before use as this material is not given as legal advise.
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Sexual Misconduct, Child Abuse, Sexual Harassment Litigation And Accusations, The Critical Cause, Neglect

Sexual Misconduct, Child Abuse, Sexual Harassment Litigation and Accusation, The Critical Cause, Neglect

Assisting ministries with developing, perserving and restoring trust, with excellence.

As a person boards an airplane today, they may find the screening and checking which is required bothersome, but most would not think of boarding without it being done, because of their perceived view of the risk involved today. In like manor people are likely to avoid attending or working with your ministry when these are missing for the same reasons. We believe effective risk management is necessary for a ministry to be dynamic and growing today. We offer to assist your ministry with time saving up to date information, suggested safeguards and other written procedures, workshop at your ministry location, that are effective in bringing your risks into a more manageable position.

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Critical Factors to Consider Before Purchasing Insurance & Planning Products Today

Buying Insurance Today Is a Little Like Checking For The Right Brain Surgeon For Your Brain Surgery 

Just what do you mean by the term insurance?

Insurance, without the foundation of a quality comprehensive risk and disaster study which deals with each realized risk factor, is really a disaster in waiting for your staff and those of your community of faith.  Would you think it a wise choice to never take the time to timely check your auto brakes feeling justified with this decision because you have auto insurance? Healthy life choices, as are checking your auto brakes, are the risk mangement safeguards you choose to put in place in your life, to lesson the risk of the premature loss of your life.  Ministry insurance is like life insurance, which can not stop you from dying, but can assist with the possible financial aftermath of your death. 

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Critical Factors to Consider Before Purchasing Insurance & Planning Products Today
Ministry Stewardship Tools And Their Critical Application For Today's Culture

The Critical Application of "The Ministry Stewardship Tools" For Today's Culture

Assisting ministries with developing, restoring and preserving trust, with excellence.

We believe you will find our stewardship tools and our extensive and on-going coaching, effective, informational, and an encouragement for your ministry leaders as they face the challenges of today's culture. If you are serious about your ministry, its safety and continuity, we need to talk.  Insurance is only one of the four critical intergated elements you need today.  All four have a very critical function and must work together effectively.  We can work with you if you desire to help you put it all together.

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Scheduled Property Inventory Form (041202 Scheduled Property Form.xls vpfssp5 by pfs)
It is critical to schedule the following types of personal property on the scheduled property inventory form for them to be properly covered, items that appreciate in value as collectibles or antiques, are unique as some religious items are, or items that move from place to place like laptops, cell phones, or lawn equipment.  These types of items with few exceptions have little coverage under the main property policy when they are moved from the insured building.  Please note your policy for these exceptions and limitations. Most clients have found this to be an easy form to tract their valuables and or portable property.  When completed forward a copy by email to our office for us to process this data to have those items added to your policy. If there are some items on this schedule that you do not wish to have added to your policy, please indicate that on your schedule.
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Sexual Misconduct,Child Abuse,Sexual Harassment,& Other Safeguards For Childrens Ministry,State Specific Required Reporting Info

Developing Written Safeguards And Procedures For Your Ministry Employees And Volunteers

Assisting ministries with developing, perserving and restoring trust, with excellence.

Effective considerations for sexual misconduct, child abuse, sexual harassment embezzelment issues that can reduce issues of neglect and offer prudenance for protection from litigation and accusations.*

As a person boards an airplane today, they may find the screening and checking which is required bothersome, but most would not think of boarding without it being done, because of their perceived view of the risk involved today. In like manor people are likely to avoid attending or working with your ministry when these are missing for the same reasons. We believe effective risk management is necessary for a ministry to be dynamic and growing today. We offer to assist your ministry with time saving up to date information, suggested safeguards and other written procedures, workshop at your ministry location, that are effective in bringing your risks into a more manageable position.

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